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Communicative Disorders

College of Health and Human Services

Department Chair: Carolyn Conway Madding

Department Office: Language Arts Building (LAB), Room 102
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4594 / (562) 985-4584
Clinic Office: Language Arts Building (LAB) Room 112
Telephone: (562) 985-4583

Faculty: Randall C. Beattie, Betty McMicken, Carolyn Conway Madding, Jim Till, Geraldine P. Wallach

Undergraduate: Randall C. Beattie
Graduate: Betty McMicken
Clinic Director: Geraldine P. Wallach
Technician: Rodney Pau
Department Administrator: Patricia Fabian

Career Possibilities

Speech-Language Pathologist • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor • Supervisor of Special Education (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)


The Communicative Disorders Department provides undergraduate course work for students planning careers in speech-language pathology or audiology. Departmental majors may complete work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders with a Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who earn the Master's degree qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Clinical Rehabilitation Services Credential from the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, and the State of California Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. Students pursuing the B.A. degree may qualify for State of California Licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

The department maintains a language, speech and hearing clinic to serve as a clinical and research laboratory on campus for both graduate and undergraduate students. Field placements are available in local hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, language/speech/hearing clinics, and public schools.

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors: Undergraduate Advisor, Graduate Advisor, Field Service Coordinator, and Clinic Director.
The Department of Communicative Disorders at CSULB is fully accredited through 2011, by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.